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Official: FBI told Illinois GOP of possible email hacking

A view of the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on May 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. The FBI announcement that it will move its headquarters has sparked fierce competion in the Washington DC area with bordering states Maryland and Virginia competing to have the FBI find a new home in their jurisdictions. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — The executive director of the Illinois Republican Party says the FBI told the state party months before the presidential election that some of its email accounts may have been hacked last year.

Nick Klitzing told the Chicago Tribune Sunday, December 11, 2016 that the FBI raised questions with the state party in June about four inactive or rarely used accounts. However, the FBI didn’t tell the state party the possible hacking was part of a larger federal investigation into alleged Russian activity in the U.S. political system.

Klitzing says the Illinois GOP on its own found 18 of its emails on the website DCLeaks.com. According to a New York Times report, U.S. intelligence officials and private cybersecurity companies believe the site was created by a unit controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency.